Next Community of Hope class forming

July 26, 2018
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Community of Hope is a Christian community of lay volunteer pastoral caregivers united in prayer and supporting each other while serving congregation and the wider community. This is a ministry of presence and hospitality, where we learn to be the hands and feet of Christ in seeking the Christ in others. Community of Hope chaplains minister in many places, including with home-bound members of their own parish, in hospitals and hospice, in prisons, and in retirement centers. 

The training course to become a Community of Hope chaplain begins Saturday, September 8th. It meets mostly on Monday nights.  A distinguised rota of course presenters includes (among others):
  • the Rev. Todd McDowell (Grace Church, Kirkwood)
  • the Rev. Emily Hillquist Davis (St. Thomas Deaf Church)
  • Eileen Schmitz, LPC, (licensed professional counselor )
  • the Rev. Dale Kuhn, Lutheran minister and therapist 
  • United Church of Christ chaplain the Rev. Michael Tooley of Bethesda-Dilworth Senior Care
  • Deaconess Emeritus Karen Pitkin
  • Brother Sixtus, Benedictine monk from St. Louis Abbey
  • Community of Hope Chaplain Denise Chachere
  • Julie Strassman, bereavement assistant from a hospice care center
  • Presbyterian minister Elder Victoria Brown 
Learn more about the Community, its Benedictine Rule, and places that chaplains minister: on this podcast episode of JesusHacked, this recent article from Christopher Kurth, and the COH website.
Class dates:
  • Sat. 9/8, 10 am-3pm, Eucharist, opening day, lunch included, afternoon workshops including Theology of Pastoral Care
  • Mon. 9/10, 6 pm-8:30 pm, (bring brown bag supper, some snacks and coffee provided by COH) Prayer, Sessions
  • Monday schedule repeats on 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8
  • Sat. practice session 10/13, time and place TBA
  • Monday schedule repeats on 10/22, 10/28
  • Sat. practice visit 11/3, time and place TBA
  • Monday schedule repeats on  11/5, 11/12
  • Sunday 11/18 at 10am, Commissioning of Chaplains at Grace Church's main Sunday service
To register, you'll need an application form and clergy recommendation form (filled out by the applicant's priest), both available from course facilitator Christopher Kurth, Registration needed by Wednesday, Aug. 15. Also needed, a short interview with the COH course facilitator and a background check.

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